ABOVE THE LAW

“The world has been stood on its head here in Canberra” SMH 14 Sept. about the continuing saga of Liberal Party members thinking that the law of the land does not apply to them and Michaela Cash doing her impersonation of the “wicked witch” in the SMH 4 Sept)
Once the electorate thought that, with all the wealth of Australia behind them (commercial and big business) we could trust the Libs but that the ALP were a nasty lot with no real background and beholden to those “dreadful” unions, but we are finding out that with so many in the State and Federal ranks indulging in funny business our faith has been blasted.
Scandals about donations, big contracts being awarded mysteriously under the pretence of “commercial in confidence” and unsolicited tenders which have not been advertised but strangely went to wealthy backers…
Makes you wonder what the world is coming to… and who to trust certainly not people of good background and unimpeachable friends.

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TO FIT THE CRIME!

“Samsung scion fights back tears as prosecutors seek 12 years”   for wrong-doing. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of the Korean/Japanese books and really hit corporate wrong-doers with hefty time in gaol plus fines when they “wrong-do” instead a smack with a feather and “don’t do it again”.   Maybe then our papers wouldn’t be full of cases of board members in both corporate/sporting areas rorting the system – AND getting away with it..
And don’t forget wrong-doing politicians.

Principles and politicians

I am a little late in offering my congratulations to Senator Brandis but – better late than never.
I am not a fan of Sen Brandis usually – I am not a Coalition voter but Sen Brandis showed how a politician should behave and what we, the voters are looking for in our elected representatives.
He spoke from the heart, with emotion and well deserved the standing applause he received.
What a pity Malcolm and colleagues could not put their vote-counting aside for just a moment of principle but sat there looking shame-faced while so many of the House stood and clapped to make it obvious to the burqha wearer Hanson that we Australians do not agree with her stunt and her truly awful ideas.
Good on you Sen Brandis.  If there were more like you perhaps politicians would be more respected.

Get rid of Gladys

How do we get rid of this Premier and this Party before they sell off all of Sydney to developers… Just a moment! I think this has already happened with everything that isn’t tied down, bolted down, knocked down going…going…gone. But I would still like to see this Premier also gone…gone…before she becomes a millionaire at our expense.

Rorts – are they everlasting?

Fixing a rort – Labor’s family trust policy is innovative” SMH 2 Aug – How do we go about getting rid of Rorts or making them acceptable, Royce Millar?  Perhaps if we loudly shouted “remember Eddie Obeid and his trust supporting several sons” – perhaps then someone would listen and remove this big end of town tax rort.  But does anyone have the intestinal fortitude to tackle this problem?  I doubt it.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE

So El Supremo Dutton backs a call for a “postal vote” to decide the same sex marriage issue.  Of course, with his understanding of the electorate he would know that many people would be unable to “postal vote”,  like the elderly/sick (and they may make up a large percentage of “no” votes) and any who have to take the often long walk until they find a letter box or even in this day and age – no car.
And similarly he would know that so many who could not easily access the post would just give up….and so their votes would not count (what percentage ).
What price a plebiscite…and what value?

THE SUPER MINISTRY

News of the proposed super Ministry could perhaps get a qualified approval from me (not that this matters – I am just a voter) but to put Peter Dutton in charge…no…no…no. Right or wrong he comes over to me as an authoritarian, humourless, my way or no way person and I cannot go along with him (Colonel Klink or perhaps El Supremo – I hesitate to say “heil…”?) being given such amazing powers in this country. It’s too much Malcolm.